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Advice for raising well-balanced children

When you left the hospital to take your newborn home for the first time, you may have hoped that the baby bag contained some kind of manual giving parental advice on how to handle the next 18-plus years. Then you remembered that babies don't come with a set of instructions for parents on how to teach a child values, resolve a conflict with a sibling or help a child study for an upcoming test. Our tips for parents can help prepare you for various situations, as well as provide ideas for activities that you can enjoy as a family.

  1. What to Do When Your Child Wants to Quit

    January 14, 2016

    Boy playing pianoHaving your child participate in extra-curricular activities is part of raising a well-rounded child. However, what happens if your child tells you that he or she wants to quit? On the one hand, you may want to teach your child to honor his or her commitments. On the other hand, allowing your child to be independent and decide the activities to pursue can also be a valuable life lesson.

    Striking a balance between pushing your child to stick with an activity that may have become more challenging, and allowing him or her to quit can be difficult. Consider the following when your child wants to quit an activity:

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  2. How to Make a Motivational “Inspiration Board” with Your Child

    January 13, 2016

    Child making an “inspiration board”An “inspiration board” or “vision board,” a tool that some people use in order to motivate themselves, can literally be a visual representation of a goal. It is usually comprised of words, phrases and pictures that represent something that a person is trying to achieve.

    For your child – especially if your child is a visual learner – an inspiration board can serve as a visual representation of his or her hopes and ambitions, and help to encourage your child to chase his or her dreams.

    Here’s how to make an inspiration board with your child:

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  3. How to make a children’s book with construction paper

    January 1, 2016

    Children making a book using construction paperWhether you need a rainy-day activity or want to share a fun craft idea with your child, a great way to connect and share can be by writing and illustrating an original story.

    The following step-by-step instructions explain how to make a children’s book with construction paper, which can be tailored to any age. Older kids could make the book themselves, although they may need your guidance. Even toddlers who haven’t yet learned to write could help to create a storybook that you’re both sure to treasure.

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  4. DIY Craft: Colored-Sand Art Project for Kids

    December 28, 2015

    Girl doing craftsMany children love to play in the sand. With summer more than half a year away, the weather in your area may still be too cold to make playing in the sandbox a possibility (no matter how much your child may beg or plead!). With a little creativity, though, you can bring the fun of sand indoors for your child.

    This simple sand art project uses basic materials and allows your child to create a colorful, three-dimensional project that could make a wonderful new decoration for his or her bedroom or somewhere else in your home.

    Ready to get started with this easy sand art project?

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  5. DIY Craft: How to Make a Birdhouse from an Eggnog or Milk Carton

    December 25, 2015

    Mother and daughter making birdhouseHelp your child prepare a “welcome home” for the birds next spring with this fun DIY craft – making a birdhouse from an empty eggnog or milk carton.

    This project requires saving in advance some empty eggnog, milk or juice cardboard cartons. Use a half-gallon size for a roomier abode. After the carton is empty, wash it well with soapy water, drain, and dry thoroughly. If the carton has a pouring spout, be sure to save the cap; it’s a good idea to keep extra, pre-cleaned cartons on hand, just in case.

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